Saturday, April 14, 2012

Walla Walla, WA

In April we found ourselves hiding out in Walla Walla, WA.  There were plans for a surprise birthday party for our son in La Grande, and there aren't too many places to go stealth in a small town.  We had never been to Walla Walla, so it seemed like a fun place to check out and spend 24 hours before the party.  
Walla Walla is a small town with a very sophisticated feel.  It's a college town, and home to some 37 wineries, great restaurants, has a vibrant art community, and tons of outdoor activities.  We were amazed...I only thought they were famous for their onions!  I kept thinking that it would be a great place to be young, a great place to start over, or to retire.
This restaurant was closed, but it just had a cool vibe.  I loved the door! 
Downtown had this lovely hotel, The Marcus Whitman,  They have a great happy Hour. Loved the Coconut Shrimp!
One of our favorite wineries downtown was Charles Smith Wines in this industrial building. They have a fun tasting room and a cool place to hold events.  It looked like they offered a lot of food and wine pairings.
Their Calendar of Events for the summer is full of Blues, Wine and BBQ!  Sounds like we need to make another trip!
I loved the distinctive black and white labels.
Fun names are given to the wines, and  two of our favorites were the 'Boom Boom' Syrah, and 'The Velvet Devil' Merlot. However, they all were good and reflect the optimal growing conditions in Eastern Washington.
Later, we had dinner at the beautifully restored Green Spoon,  It's moderately priced and very good.
I vote for the Fish Tacos!  Walla Walla is definitely a place where I'd like to spend more time!

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